“I’m not an expert. I’m not an expert. I’m not an expert.”
That grinding voice of negative thinking circulates in my mind constantly. I could be easily sucked by the vortex of helplessness, a’swirl in such a lie. I could concede all the territory I’ve worked so hard for so many years to conquer and tag “Life Experience.” I could burn all the binders of manuscripts and delete all the files of documents and drafts accumulated climbing the mountain to published words. I could pretend the hours and hours of tutorials and mentoring investments never happened and I never learned a thing for my time spent there.
I could give up and shrink back in shame and false humility, making apologies for my arrogance to think I had anything of of value to teach another who is seeking the same jewel as I of a book in hand, a reading audience, a product worth paying for, and the joy of knowing I’ve impacted another person’s life for God’s glory.
Yes, I COULD agree completely. I am not an expert.
It is beyond truth–I am NOT an expert.
But, with each syllable, somewhere else in my caverns of thought another voice passionately wells up in response:
Yep–the Word of God trumps defeatist declarations every time.
If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
1 Thessalonians 5:24
It is the key to the Portals to Potential in my life–and I must take up that key and make use of it. I must cross the threshold of impossible dreams . . . and take others along with me.
That is the essence of discipleship–passing onto others what you have learned along the way.
Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.
2 Timothy 2:2
What have I to pass onto others?
Well–after a lifetime of writing and publishing on the stage in performance programming and classroom teaching, I have been pursuing the path to print publishing since 2003. There have been many twists and turns along the way–and foolish thinking with unrealistic expectations. One by one, those things have fallen by the wayside like high-heeled shoes made for ballroom dancing when what is required are boots soled for stoney paths and uneven terrain.
Or–no boots at all, but bare feet calloused to toughen up for the rigors and realities of the journey.
In the past FIVE years, the path to publishing has forced me to turn in my high-heeled dancing shoes.
In the past TWO years, the path to publishing has required me to relinquish my boots.
In the past year, the path to publishing has demanded giant leaps of faith and focus to bring me to the threshold of my own Portal to Potential.
I took my pen and turned the key . . .
Now, on the other side–no expert, I–there are others I’m keenly aware of who need the ground I’ve gained so they can come to the threshold of their Portal to Potential.
I would not be in the humble place I am at present, without mentors reaching back to bring me forward along the way. Dare I acquire such a road map and not reach back to make a way for others with what light I’ve been given?
I’m excited about my own book projects and the speaking platform I’m cultivating. But, my passion is mentoring–teaching what I know. Even if I am not an expert.
At its core, I’ve narrowed this publishing journey down to 4 elements necessary to unlock the Portal to Potential in any writer with the unrelenting desire to put their words into print and find their audience of readers:
I’ve also been breaking down into small pieces the necessary elements of HOW to publish, creating product services at Pageant Wagon Publishing for the entry level and intermediate writer seeking compassionate mentoring to fulfill their calling. Just like me.
Currently in production–
As I prepare to meet with a handful of writers I hope to help in the coming year, I will be stressing the importance of the 4 Steps to the Portal to Potential necessary to crossing the threshold of publication:
Look for upcoming posts to details these concepts in-depth and what it looks like in an author’s life.
And . . . how strong they will make our calloused feet for unencumbered leaps of faith as we pass on to others that which has been given to us. In the creative process of teaching and learning, those feet take on the grace of a shoeless dancer.
And it’s a beautiful thing . . .
Sharing Passing through Portals of Potentials: 4 Steps Across the Threshold of Indie-Publishing this week with:
Fellowship Fridays at Christian Mommy Blogger
One of the things on my work list this month is a fun little online Premier Jewelry Designs Party with a portion of the proceeds going to support my new book–the second in the Fable Springs Parables Series, Bugaboo-Bee’s Bop: Patience for the Prize.
You are all invited to look through the ONLINE CATALOG. If you find something you would like–or that may be a great gift for someone you know and love (think Christmas shopping)–just email firstname.lastname@example.org and an invoice will be sent to you with payment directions. You’ll receive your jewelry by the end of the month.